“It should be supported. Without our strongest girls, taking first place is simply immoral. You need to know that your opponent is stronger” Tarasova and others about the Tutberidze’s idea not to give rating and titles in the absence of Russian skaters
Tatiana Tarasova, Ilia Averbukh, Maxim Trankov, Alexei Yagudin, Irina Rodnina supported the idea of Eteri Tutberidze to freeze ratings in international competitions where Russian skaters cannot participate due to suspension.
Yesterday Tutberidze broke her silence and spoke on her Instagram about the ban of Russians and also proposed not to give a rating and not to give titles in the absence of Russian skaters.
What a perfect reason for journalists to start their “bingo card”!)
Tatiana Tarasova: Personally, I support Eteri Tutberidze in the matter of ratings and titles. This is a very good suggestion from her.
I think that the idea of Eteri Tutberidze should be supported by other figures in figure skating.
Without our strongest girls, taking first place is simply immoral. You need to know that your opponent is stronger, but, alas, they don’t want to see this.
When everyone skates among the strong, it is more prestigious and worthy to become the strongest among them. They want to remove the fight and rivalry. Then why skate at all?
Irina Rodnina: All the federations do so, alas. It is impossible to single out any one among them.
That’s what the majority does. Such is the current political situation and attitude towards Russia in the world.
Ilia Averbukh: Eteri Tutberidze’s step is quite logical. It would be fair to our skaters and other competitors.
The participation of the Russians would strengthen the position of every other athlete, and in the absence of our guys, all this becomes invalid.
Maxim Trankov: Of course, I agree with Eteri Georgievna. If you think in terms of fair play and fairness, in an ideal world, her words are very correct. But we live in a different reality.
I do not believe that now something can change. You need to talk about it, show your emotions. But there are no prerequisites for us to be heard.
In figure skating, we have the most important confrontation with the countries of North America. And it is more behind the scenes than real. Therefore, they do not really want to see us on the international arena. This has been happening for a very long time.
How long will our suspension last? As long as the International Skating Union is closer to North America, there are more chances that we will continue to be banned than for some kind of fair decision.
Alexei Yagudin: I fully agree with Eteri Georgievna, international ratings should not be updated in the absence of Russian skaters.
“I understand a lot, but I do not accept the suspension of our athletes, children from international competitions. Help us, Lord, to get out of this situation.” Tutberidze about ban of Russian skaters